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Meet Our Team | Overview

At the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center, we are devoted to understanding, preventing, and treating childhood obesity. The team works with families, community organizations, and lawmakers to promote the health of children.



  • Svetlana Azova, MD, Instructor of Pediatrics
  • Maria Laso, BS, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Belinda Lennerz, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Donna Lesperance, MA, MPH, Clinical Research Manager
  • Zina McSweeney, DO, Fellow in Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Hannah Michelson, BS, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Shui Yu, MS, Biostatistician

Community Programs

  • Shayna Bagshaw, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Nutrition Research Coordinator
  • Samantha Fast, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Research Manager
  • Katelyn Rebell, RD, LDN, CDCES, Clinical Nutrition Research Coordinator
  • Brianna Roche, Boston Children’s fit kit Program Coordinator